Kosmos 2472

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Kosmos 2472
Mission type Reconnaissance satellite
Operator GRU
COSPAR ID 2011-028A
SATCAT no. 37726
Mission duration 119 days
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Kobalt-M
Start of mission
Launch date 27 June 2011, 16:00 (2011-06-27UTC16Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-U
Launch site Plesetsk 16/2
End of mission
Landing date 24 October 2011 (2011-10-25)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth Orbit[1]
Perigee 217 kilometres (135 mi)[1]
Apogee 338 kilometres (210 mi)[1]
Inclination 81.3 degrees
Period 90.06 minutes
Epoch 29 June 2011[1]

Kosmos 2472 (Russian: Космос 2472 meaning Cosmos 2472) was a Russian Kobalt-M reconnaissance satellite which was launched in 2011 by the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces. It was launched in June 2011 and remained in orbit until October 2011.[2][3]

Kosmos 2472 was launched from Site 16/2 at Plesetsk Cosmodrome. A Soyuz-U carrier rocket was used to perform the launch, which took place at 16:00 UTC on 27 June 2011. The launch successfully placed the satellite into low earth orbit. It subsequently received its Kosmos designation, and the international designator 2011-028A.[4] The United States Space Command assigned it the Satellite Catalog Number 37726.[5]


Kobalt-M satellites are a type of Yantar satellite, Yantar-4K2M. They have the GRAU index 11F695M. They are optical reconnaissance satellites which use film. The satellite sends two film capsules to earth and returns to earth itself at the end of its mission.[6] This has the disadvantage that the satellite's life is dependent on how much film it can carry, and information from the satellite is not obtained until the film canister has returned to earth and been developed.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 25 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Pavel, Podvig (2011-06-27). "Launch of Cosmos-2472". Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  3. ^ Pavel, Podvig (2011-10-24). "Cosmos-2472 completed its mission". Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  4. ^ "Cosmos 2472". National Space Science Data Centre. 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-04-17. 
  5. ^ "2012-024". Zarya. n.d. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  6. ^ Krebs, Gunter. "Yantar-4K2M (Kobalt-M, 11F695M ?)". Gunter's Space Page. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  7. ^ Podvig, Pavel; Zuang, Hui (2008). Russian and Chinese Responses to US Military Plans in Space (PDF). Cambridge, MA: American Academy of Arts and Sciences. ISBN 0-87724-068-X.